The Importance of Continuing Education for Directors and Senior Executives

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Jan 072011

by Steve Wallenstein
Director, Directors’ Institute

First it was Sarbanes-Oxley, and now it is the Dodd-Frank Bill—so, what’s next?

One thing is clear:  directors and senior executives who routinely attend director educational programs stay up-to-date with changes in corporate governance trends and boardroom behaviors.

The Directors’ Institute at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is the only university-sponsored director’s program in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. Participants who attend the Directors’ Institute receive world-class instruction from an array of professionals who have successfully navigated and researched the most pressing issues facing corporate boards across the nation.

Attendance at the Directors’ Institute offers its participants an opportunity to:

1) learn how to create long-term value for shareholders by understanding and developing best practices for succession planning, corporate strategy and risk management, executive compensation, and corporate ethics;

2) explore the most relevant issues and hot topics facing corporate boards across the nation and what companies are doing to mitigate impact; and

3) engage with leading industry executives, government policy-makers legal and financial services experts to develop frameworks for developing sound business and legal strategies to better solve today’s problems in the volatile business environment.

Keynote speakers include:

  • William E. Mayer, Director, BlackRock Kelso
  • Robert S. Miller, Chairman of the Board, AIG
  • Harvey L. Pitt, Kaloroma Partners, Inc.
  • The Hon. Leo E. Strine, Jr., Court of Chancery

Participants will hone their leadership skills and maximize their effectiveness in the boardroom by better understanding all of the responsibilities associated with corporate oversight. An added bonus includes an opportunity to network and discuss important issues with peers and make new contacts for the future.

Speaking opportunities and sponsorships are still available for the 2011 Directors’ Institute. Questions about program content may be referred to Stephen Wallenstein, Director, at 301-405-3472 or

Additional information may be found on the Directors’ Institute website at: